PM says vote is about Aust future, not his

The day before Australians go to the polls, Labor is mourning the loss of favourite son Bob Hawke.
The day before Australians go to the polls, Labor is mourning the loss of favourite son Bob Hawke.

Australia could get its sixth prime minister in six years on Saturday, but Scott Morrison isn't thinking about his own future.

The prime minister was asked by reporters whether he would apologise for his part in the Liberal leadership chaos and set out his plans post-election if he loses.

Instead he urged voters to give him the next three years in the Lodge, for their own sake.

"This election is not about my future, it's about yours. It's about everybody watching," Mr Morrison told reporters in Townsville on Friday.

"It's about where people are living around this country and being able to live the lives that they're trying to live, and for the government to make life that little bit easier.

"And you make life that little bit easier by getting the tax monkey off their back, and certainly not by putting the tax monkey on their back."

Labor leader Bill Shorten paid tribute to former prime minister Bob Hawke, who hailed from a time when the leaders who won elections stayed on to fight at the next one.

Mr Hawke died at his Sydney home on Thursday, aged 89, casting a sombre note on the final day of the campaign.

"I already feel a responsibility to millions of people to win but sure, I want to do it for Bob as well tomorrow," Mr Shorten told Nine's Today on Friday.

"I don't want to let his memory down."

Mr Shorten was going to spend Friday campaigning in marginal Queensland seats but has scaled back his plans and will remain in Sydney as the Labor party mourns Mr Hawke.

"We have lost a favourite son," he told reporters outside the Sydney Opera House on Thursday night.

Mr Hawke's final public act was to issue a joint statement with his ex-treasurer Paul Keating, the man who toppled him from the top job, in support of Mr Shorten's bid to become prime minister.

"He had a great intellect, he had enormous passion and he had courage, and that was able to sustain him in being the longest-serving Labor prime minister of all time," Mr Morrison said in a statement.

He said it was Mr Hawke's relationship with the Australian people that would be remembered most.

The opposition's lead over the coalition has narrowed to 51 per cent to 49 per cent on a two-party preferred basis, according to the Ipsos poll published by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and the YouGov/Galaxy poll in The Daily Telegraph.

The Ipsos result has tightened from 52 per cent to 48 per cent in Labor's favour earlier in May.

The latest survey also implies early voters have favoured the coalition over Labor by 53 per cent to 47 per cent.

A series of YouGov Galaxy polls of marginal seats suggest coalition wins in Dickson, Reid, Deakin and Flynn, while Gilmore is tipped to go to Labor.

But the Queensland seats of Herbert (Labor) and Forde (LNP) and Victoria's Liberal-held seat of La Trobe are all on a knife's edge at 50-50.

Australian Associated Press